Our Upcoming Performances!
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 3:30 PM
First Church Congregational
37 High St., Marlborough
An annual holiday tradition. Be sure to join AVM in singing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.
Brett Maguire– Organist
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School
25 Marlborough Rd., Southborough
Wilhelm Müller, the poet of the art song settings of Schubert, wrote “My songs lead but a half life… until music breathes life into them.” This concert will feature some of the world’s great poems set to music and song. Poets such as Wordsworth, Whitman, Teasdale, Byron, Bishop, and E.E. Cummings will be represented and composers such as Dello Joio, Whitaker, Stroope, Finzi and Vasks.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Parish
640 Main St., Shrewsbury
With orchestra and soloists:
The bright and classical Haydn Mass in Time of War with its restless rumblings of war will be followed by Lauridsen’s ethereal and lush Lux Aeterna with its promise of eternal light. Also titled Pauken Messe for its uses of timpani (pauken), Haydn’s work was written at a time when Austria was being mobilized for war. The Mass was perceived by some as anti-war, but its joyful nature at least suggests a happier time.
The powerful emotions and the serenity of Lux Aeterna have been compared by some to Brahm’s A German Requiem. Lauridsen uses exquisite harmonic colors and fluid rhythms to express the feeling and meaning of the text ‘light eternal.’